Climbing Leonidio will definitely be an enjoyable and fascinating experience! Leonidio is a beautiful Greek town with approximately 6000 residents, and the up-and-coming “it” crag for winter climbing in Greece. It is located 3 hours south of Athens and only 1.5 hours from Tripoli. It is built in a valley at the foot of Mount Parnon, on the east coast of Peloponnese. Towering above the homes like a giant fiery waterfall is a jaw-dropping, 250-meter, red limestone cliff. The entire area around Leonidio is dotted with climbing crags, mostly for sport climbing. There is vast potential for much further climbing development. On the downside, though, climbing routes are not yet entirely free of loose rock, many approach paths are still bad and poorly marked, and some crags are hard to locate.
Most climbing in Leonidio happens at crags on the surrounding hillsides, not directly above town. The cliffs are highly-featured limestone, and climbing is enjoyable and varied: tufa columns, smooth crimpy walls, caves with stalactites, grey balancy walls.
Climbing conditions in Leonidio are ideal for winter climbing, as the concave red cliff above the town acts as a natural shield against bad weather. The best period for climbing is November to April, though some crags higher up in the hills are good for climbing even on hot spring, fall or summer days.
The vast majority of climbing routes are relatively new. Many still require thorough cleaning of loose rock and traffic to improve. Pieces still break off, so helmets are strongly recommended. Travel2Peloponnese crew members will help you enjoy the trip!